L'oiseau (The Bird)
L'oiseau (The Bird) (2011)

A lonely soul finds solace with another creature struck by bad luck in this drama from French filmmaker Yves Caumon. Anne (Sandrine Kiberlain) is a woman working for a catering service in Bordeaux who keeps the world at arm's length --… More

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

[An] unassumingly intelligent film.

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Peter Bradshaw

Caumon allows the film to unspool calmly, gently and unexpectedly hopefully to its conclusion.

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Bleak but bold filmmaking built around an uncompromising central performance from Sandrine Kiberlain.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

[A] self-consciously art-house movie ...

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Leo Robson
Financial Times

A study of grief and recovery set in Bordeaux and containing little in the way of dialogue, action or interest.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Maudlin but moving, Yves Caumon's character study speaks softly but with wisdom.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

The central performance is great, but the film itself is too light and its insights too on-the-nose.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A pigeon trapped in a partition wall becomes a none-too-subtle metaphor for emotional stasis in this strenuous French chamber piece.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

This thoughtful film is modest in scope, but remains quietly moving in its portrayal of both nature and the transience of human feelings.

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